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Who Is BLAST?

We are the Library’s BLAST outreach team. BLAST stands for Bringing Libraries and Schools Together. Do you know who’s who on the BLAST team? Read on to find out.


Love is in the Air

What could be better than a charming love story? Pittsburgh Opera concludes its 2017-2018 season with their April production of Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto comedy, The Elixir of Love. Love-sick … Continued


Have You Caught the Riverdale Bug?

The CW’s new teen TV show revisits the small town of Riverdale and the characters of Archie comics as the town reels from a shocking murder.



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Summer Reading, Pittsburgh Style!

This year, we’re striving to read 180,000 books for Summer Reading! While ANY books, magazines and graphic novels count toward our goal, some of the books we’re promoting this year have a common theme—the city of Pittsburgh!


Aziz Ansari’s Take on Life and Romance

You probably know Aziz Ansari best as Tom on the TV show, Parks and Recreation. But Ansari does more than just acting; so far he’s written a book and created a TV show!


Scott Pilgrim’s Not-So-Ordinary Life

Scott Pilgrim is a normal guy—except he has to fight a league of evil exes in order to be with his true love. Oh and did I mention that his world is some kind of cross between video games and reality?



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Science Fiction & Fantasy by Women of Color

I read a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Seriously, A LOT. Growing up, I cut my teeth on Anne McCaffery’s Dragonriders of Pern series and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. Later, it was The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Sadly, many people still think Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are written mostly by white anglo-saxon men for white anglo-saxon men (think J. R. R. Tolkein or George R. R. Martin). However, there are a number of fantastic female authors of color rocking both genres today.


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Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou’s Incredible Life

Most people recognize Maya Angelou’s name. She may be the most popular and well-known author/poet of our time. What many people might not know is how fully she lived her life, how many adventures she had, how phenomenal she really was.


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